Teal Paws was founded by two individuals that have a similar passion for dogs and helping people. The program is based in the Kansas City Metro.


Vicki Jurica


Vicki has been a mindfulness practitioner for over a decade. She holds a certificate in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and is a certified Equine Gestalt Method Life Coach.  She has a life coaching practice assisting survivors in finding their own unique healing journey through self-discovery and connection. She is a sexual assault survivor herself and the author of The Pendant Project: My Journey to Awareness Through Art. Vicki also participates on the Survivor Speaker Bureau at a local sexual assault crisis center and volunteers in the Humane Education Department of a local animal shelter.

Melissa Laub


Melissa is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) and a Certified Service Dog Coach (SDC).  She has been helping families and their pet dogs find a path to happiness for over 15 years.  She provides private behavior consultations to individuals requesting guidance for issues ranging from puppy rearing to training advanced skills to help an individual lead a more independent life.  She also has been a volunteer at area animals shelters for the last 15 years, providing enrichment for the dogs and behavior advice when requested.